Coffee Crisis!

Iowa Climate Science Education

By Paul Homewood


h/t Joe Public





Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew have begun a desperate bid to find a new bean of coffee which can thrive as the climate warms, before the world’s supplies run out.

Currently, just one variety of coffee bean – Coffea arabica – is primarily grown throughout the world by manufacturers. But it cannot survive at high temperatures, and botanists fear that up to 100 per cent of current crops will be lost by 2080 if climate change predictions for global warming hold true.




In 2019, a latte – foam art and all – costs the average US coffee drinker around $5 (£4). So why are the farmers who grew the beans behind your morning brew abandoning their plantations for different crops, different jobs, or even to seek asylum in a different country?

The world’s…

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